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Severing a Hand is a Breeze
John Fennel is a free-lance special effects artist that was contracted to make a severed hand for a popular television series. The show is filmed in HD and every prop has to be hyper-realistic in every way. He used Smooth-On's Alja-Safe Breeze® for creating the initial clay pour for his prop.
 Alja Safe BreezeŽ  is measured out at a ratio of 5 parts water to 1 part Alja Safe Breeze by volume.

1 - Alja Safe BreezeŽ is measured out at a ratio of 5 parts water to 1 part Alja Safe Breeze by volume.
 Water is measured and added to a mixing container.

2 - Water is measured and added to a mixing container.
 Once all the water is added, Alja Safe BreezeŽ  is put into the mixing container.

3 - Once all the water is added, Alja Safe BreezeŽ is put into the mixing container.
 Alja Safe BreezeŽ  disperses and mixes easily in the water.

4 - Alja Safe BreezeŽ disperses and mixes easily in the water.
 The alginate thickens as it is stirred in the water to a nice smooth consistency.

5 - The alginate thickens as it is stirred in the water to a nice smooth consistency.
 Once mixed, BreezeŽ  is poured into a new, clean, casting container.

6 - Once mixed, BreezeŽ is poured into a new, clean, casting container.
 The advantage of Alja Safe BreezeŽ  over other alginates is its smooth, lump free consistency that will ensure a perfect casting.

7 - The advantage of Alja Safe BreezeŽ over other alginates is its smooth, lump free consistency that will ensure a perfect casting.
 After mixing, the alginate is ready for life casting.

8 - After mixing, the alginate is ready for life casting.
 The smooth consistent texture of the Alja Safe BreezeŽ  lends itself to easy lifecasting and capturing perfect detail.

9 - The smooth consistent texture of the Alja Safe BreezeŽ lends itself to easy lifecasting and capturing perfect detail.
 Once initially plunged into the Alja Safe BreezeŽ , the model pulls his hand out to ensure there is no surface tension on the skin that could cause air bubble in the casting.

10 - Once initially plunged into the Alja Safe BreezeŽ , the model pulls his hand out to ensure there is no surface tension on the skin that could cause air bubble in the casting.
 Within minutes, the BreezeŽ  cures to a tough rubber like material.

11 - Within minutes, the BreezeŽ cures to a tough rubber like material.
 Once cured, the model easily removes his hand, no residue from the BreezeŽ  is evident on the model.

12 - Once cured, the model easily removes his hand, no residue from the BreezeŽ is evident on the model.
 BreezeŽ  cures to a very smooth material, capturing all the detail of the models hand.

13 - BreezeŽ cures to a very smooth material, capturing all the detail of the models hand.
 Clay is melted on a hot plate in order to pour into the mold.

14 - Clay is melted on a hot plate in order to pour into the mold.
 Once the clay is melted, it is poured into the freshly made BreezeŽ  mold.

15 - Once the clay is melted, it is poured into the freshly made BreezeŽ mold.
 After the clay has cooled, the BreezeŽ  mold is slid out of the container for demolding. (the bottle was inserted in the hot melted clay to provide a base to sculpt on.)

16 - After the clay has cooled, the BreezeŽ mold is slid out of the container for demolding. (the bottle was inserted in the hot melted clay to provide a base to sculpt on.)
 Demolding the clay hand from the BreezeŽ  is an easy process, just tear it apart.

17 - Demolding the clay hand from the BreezeŽ is an easy process, just tear it apart.
 The BreezeŽ  removes easily from the soft clay casting.

18 - The BreezeŽ removes easily from the soft clay casting.
 The clay reflects perfect detail captured in the Alja Safe BreezeŽ from the initial model.  It is now ready for details to be sculpted in that would suggest it was severed from the body.

19 - The clay reflects perfect detail captured in the Alja Safe BreezeŽ from the initial model. It is now ready for details to be sculpted in that would suggest it was severed from the body.

                   
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